Nirvana, KISS, Deep Purple + More Nominated for 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
The most interesting potential inductees for the 2014 ceremony have got to be the members of Nirvana. This seminal grunge band has been nominated in their first year of eligibility (25 years after the release of their first recording). Fans will surely be rooting for Nirvana, who completely shifted the worlds of mainstream and underground music with the release of their sophomore disc ‘Nevermind’ in 1991. Having sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, it could be argued that ‘Nevermind’ is the most influential rock album of the past two decades.
KISS are once again being considered for induction, having lost out on a spot in the Hall after being nominated in 2010. Both KISS fans and the band members felt snubbed by the rejection, inciting both Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons to sound off in disapproval. However, the iconic act has a chance for redemption this year, regardless of past criticisms.
The legendary Deep Purple have once again secured a nomination for a Rock Hall induction. The group was nominated last year, but didn’t make the cut. Rock and metal fans around the world vehemently protested the rejection, perhaps putting a bit of pressure on the Rock Hall judges for this year’s ceremony.
Other 2014 nominees include Yes, N.W.A., the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, LL Cool J, the Meters, the Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, and finally, the Zombies.
Fans can vote on who they’d like to see inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014 at the institution’s website. As of this posting, KISS leads the fan poll, followed closely by Nirvana in second place and Deep Purple in third. The fans’ ballot will be considered along with those from a panel of experts in the industry. The 2014 ceremony will be held in New York in April, with highlights airing on HBO in May.